After years of State of the Unions almost exclusively focusing on jobs and national security, the President has branched out and proposed a large list of social plans. One of the most important, to students especially, is the cost of college.
The President stated “Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid.”
Senator Marco Rubio, who delivered the traditional Republican Response to the State of the union addressed the issue by citing “When I finished school, I owed over 100,000 dollars in student loans, a debt I paid off just a few months ago. Today, many graduates face massive student debt. We must give students more information on the costs and benefits of the student loans they’re taking out.”
With both parties insisting that something needs to be done on this issue, it will be interesting over the next few weeks to actually look at what gets done, as it is a massive problem effecting millions.
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